5 Great Walking Tracks

Singleton and the Hunter are bursting with scenic beauty just waiting to be explored.

One excellent way to do this is by making the most of local walking trails in the area or nearby. Whatever your fitness level or time to spare, there’s a trail to fit the bill.

According to the Heart Foundation of Australia, Australians can significantly reduce their risk of heart disease, our biggest killer, by walking 30 minutes or more most days each week – so what are you waiting for? It’s fun, relaxing and good for you.

Here, we highlight five great local walks to get you started.

Singleton Heritage Walk

The Heritage Walk is a great and low-key way to get moving while discovering Singleton’s heritage buildings, which paint a rich picture of the area’s history. This is a family-friendly walk through town, which you can take at your own pace. A leisurely stroll along George Street takes you past the town’s major historic buildings, including the State Heritage Listed Ewbank and Post Office.

Great North Walk

The Great North Walk from Bimbadeen to Mount Bright offers a few hiking options from easy to more advanced, all of which let you take in the spectacular views out from the Bimbadeen Lookout over Cessnock. This walk connects to bushwalking and mountain biking tracks in the Mount View region. Start at the scenic Bimbadeen lookout and follow the Mount View ridgeline to Pokolbin Mountain Road or follow extended paths along the ridgeline through ancient rainforest settings for a longer hike.

Mt Royal, Pieries Peak

The Pieries Peak Walking Track in Mt Royal National Park is a 3km return hiking track from the Youngville campground to a scenic outlook across the Hunter Valley and Lake St. Clair. This is a steeper, more advanced walk for hardy climbers, but your rewards could include spotting wedge-tailed eagles, brush turkeys, superb lyrebirds, honeyeaters, and other fascinating local wildlife. Bring sunscreen, water, good walking shoes and, ideally, binoculars.

Wollemi National Park

Just over 77km from Singleton, Wollemi National Park is the second-largest national park in New South Wales, with the largest remaining area of wilderness in the state. Many bushwalking opportunities here include The Glow Worm Tunnel Walking Track, a 2km return walk through a 400-metre historic tunnel lit with thousands of glow worms, making it a pretty unmissable sight if you’re exploring this national park.

Hunter Valley Guided Bush Walks

If you’d prefer a guided walk, there are a number of guided bushwalks in Mt Royal National Park. Explore the World Heritage Listed Gondwana Rainforest while learning about the ancient landscape and local wildlife from knowledgeable guides. Depending on which tour you choose, these walks range from easy to hard. Bookings are essential.

Want more? 10,000 Steps and the Singleton Council have also mapped out some local walking paths here.

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